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Public Class Schedule

W 8:30-9:30am at Yoga Kula
W, F 12-1pm  at  Namaste Berkeley (a.k.a 7th Heaven)
 

David Schlussel is a yoga teacher, life coach, husband, and father. David experiences yoga as the practice of reconnecting with our wholeness. When we operate from our wholeness, we experience the incredible strength and flexibility that is our potential. David coaches his students from fixed ideas about what they can and can’t do, towards life as a playful exploration of possibility.David began his exploration of yoga with Ashtanga, where he learned the benefit of regular consistent practice. He continued his training by studying Dynamic Yoga, where he discovered the deeper strengths available through activating along the muscular and energetic pathways of the body, and where he developed his passion for yoga philosophy. He is currently inspired by Anusara Yoga, which has infused his practice and teaching with an empowering understanding of alignment, therapeutics, and fun.

David’s classes are a flowing celebration of our bodies, designed to exercise, educate, integrate, delight, challenge and recharge. He is known for his warm approachability, contagious curiosity, gentle and liberating hands on adjustments, facilitating healing of old injuries, and offering concepts that support his students both on the mat and in their daily life..

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What you should know about yoga

YOGA IS A STATE OF MIND

The practices are designed to cultivate, then challenge, that state of mind.

The quality of the yoga mindstate is calm, clear, and present: undistorted by past impressions or future predictions.

You might recognize it as the “rest/relax/rejuvinate” state as compared to the “fight/flight/freeze” alternative.  You might also call it a state of love instead of fear.

CHOICE

When we are in that present yoga state, we are in a position to choose.  When present, we can making choices instead operating out of habit.  We can respond rather than react which offers us access to our full power.

BASIC REACTIONS

The three basic reactions are:

  • dominate: to control the situation to our outcome, the end justifies the means
  • withdraw: to control by exiting, either physically leaving the situation/pose or daydreaming
  • submit: to say yes when you mean no, to accept without question

FREEDOM

Our freedom is limited in two ways: physical reality, and through self-limiting beliefs and commitments.  Physical reality limitations are our playing field, they are the rules of the game.  The range of motion of your joints, your relationship to the gravitational field, the laws of physics, the number of limbs you are gifted with, etc.  Where yoga is most fun to play with is in letting go of the limiting beliefs and discovering that we are far freer than we’ve experienced.